Posted On: Saturday, March 15, 2014
Ontario's Tim and France Hurley were jointly honoured with Biathlon Canada's June Hooper Memorial Award on Saturday night, March 15th.
The annual award, announced at the Canadian Championships banquet, recognizes a person(s) who has "significantly contributed to the growth and development of the sport of Biathlon over many years with service of the quality, dedication and unstinting devotion exemplified by June Hooper."
Tim accepted the award on behalf of himself and France, who was unable to make this year's Nationals. The Hurleys were unaware of their nomination until Tim heard it announced at the banquet. They are the first Ontario recipients of the national award.
Tim and France in action
"Ontario's biathletes, volunteers and parents are deeply grateful for the unstinting commitment and passion of 'TimandFrance'," the award citation said. "They are, quite simply, the driving force behind the ongoing development of the sport in our province."
According to the citation, neither Tim nor France is a cross-country skier, nor had they shot an air rifle or .22 until 2006. "Their interest in biathlon started with supporting their daughter, Alicia, first in cadets and then as a civilian athlete, but the 'TimandFrance' era began when France nominated Tim for a position on the Biathlon Ontario Board of Directors, where he now serves as Vice-President, Technical."
Congratulations, Tim and France! Everyone involved in the sport in Ontario knows how much we all owe to you. Now, the rest of Canada knows it too.